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Low Intervention

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Low Intervention Care

Pollin understands that, sometimes, timing is everything. Our low intervention pathways allow individuals and couples the peace of mind of knowing sperm and egg are coming together at precisely the right time.

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Is Low Intervention Care right for you?

Low intervention care involves monitoring your cycle through a series of ultrasounds and hormonal blood tests to determine the precise timing of ovulation. 

For some couples and individuals this valuable information is all that is necessary to optimize their chances of conception. 

For others, this may be a simple first step in fertility care. Our fertility doctors create a personalized plan based on your unique profile and preferences to determine if timed intercourse (IC) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the appropriate method for you to achieve a pregnancy.

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What is Cycle Monitoring?

Cycle Monitoring uses a series of transvaginal ultrasounds and hormonal blood tests to determine your hormone levels, egg development and ovulation, and the thickness of your uterine lining.

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Non-Medicated Cycle

As our lowest intervention pathway, this approach uses cycle monitoring to follow the growth of a single egg without the use of oral or injectable fertility medications. This approach typically is combined with timed IC or IUI.

Medicated Cycle

Our most common low intervention pathway, a medicated cycle (also called ovulation induction) uses either oral or injectable fertility medications to ensure ovulation occurs in patients with irregular cycles. It can also increase the number of eggs released in patients or couples with regular or irregular cycles.

Timed Intercourse (IC)

Timed IC can be combined with a natural or medicated cycle to ensure sperm is present at the time of ovulation. Although this approach typically involves fewer visits to the clinic, it is also associated with a lower pregnancy rate when compared with IUI.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

IUI involves placing specially prepared sperm directly into the uterus. Our andrology team washes your, your partner’s, or your donor’s sperm to ensure only healthy sperm are available for fertilization. We then inject it into the uterine cavity using a small catheter. This ensures the healthiest sperm are close to the egg at the time of ovulation, optimizing the chances of a successful conception.

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